Public grand opening planned for August 4
In an effort to provide more of a police presence throughout the northern part of the city, the Missouri City Police Department has opened its first Mini-Station in a retail center along Texas Parkway. A public grand opening ceremony is planned for Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at 1703-A Texas Pkwy.
The City Council approved the $30,000 start-up costs for the 1,250 square-foot station with the money coming from the Citizens’ Police & Fire Auxiliary Fundraiser, Richard Alaniz Painting and Dixie Carpet. Future expenses will be paid through the police department budget.
The Mini-Station will be staffed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with plans to expand to 24-hour coverage over time. Citizens can expect a consistent police presence at the facility as all patrol officers assigned to the Northern section of the City will use the Mini-Station as their “headquarters”.
“We’re looking forward to starting another comprehensive approach to collaborating with the community,”Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said. “In the future, the Mini-Station concept will spread from the 2234 Corridor to Highway 6 and other areas throughout the City.”
The new facility will help citizens have better access to police who patrol the area, assist in reducing crime, allow officers to build relationships with businesses and to be able to provide more home and businesses inspections by certified police officers. In addition, the Mini-Station will provide a time-saving place for officers assigned to the Northern section of the city to handle routine administrative matters.